Acute Oncology - Salford Royal

The MacMillan Acute Oncology Service are a team of health care professionals.  The team includes Nurses, Consultant Oncologists, and a Coordinator. We are a support and advisory service for people admitted to Salford Royal with an inpatient suspected cancer, problems arising from a previously diagnosed cancer or its treatment.  

Our aim is to ensure high quality care is provided to all oncology patients, ensuring good communication with the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the wider community including the Palliative Care Services, Hospice Teams, District Nursing teams and GP practices.

The CUP/MUO (Cancer of Unknown Primary / Metastases of Unknown Origin) assessment service is delivered by the Acute Oncology Nursing team / Consultants and provides specialist inpatient/outpatient oncology support and advice to clinical teams, patients, and carers.

We offer telephone advice, ward reviews. We also provide education for health care professionals.

We are here to support patients and family members in several ways including advice and explanations regarding:

  • The investigation of your suspected or unknown primary cancer
  • Discussion at unknown primary cancer multidisciplinary team meeting (CUP MDT)
  • The management of complications associated with cancer
  • The management of complications associated with cancer treatments
  • Updating your Oncologist and Oncology Team at The Christie or local hospital regarding you admission to Salford Royal
  • Information that may help you make decisions about the care and treatment you could be offered
  • Answering questions, you and your family/carer’s may have
  • Give you emotional support
  • Signposting other support networks and referrals to community support I,e district nurses, community Macmillan Nurses

One of the team will visit you on the ward to talk about your care. This person will be your Acute Oncology Key Worker whilst you are in hospital. 

The Acute Oncology Nurse will liaise with the medical and nursing team who are looking after you when you are an inpatient and communicate any advice from the Oncologists at The Christie.

The Acute Oncology Nurse can explain your plan of care and support you during your stay at Salford Royal – if you need any written details or information, we would be happy to supply this.

The Acute Oncology Nurse will see you as often or as little as you like depending on your needs. We can also meet your family if you wish. 

The doctors and nurses on the ward will continue to oversee your care. Our role is to work with you, the ward team and your Oncologist to give you the best care possible whilst at Salford Royal. 

Salford’s Emergency Department (ED) will inform a member of the hospital’s Acute Oncology Team when a patient with a cancer diagnosis is admitted.  
Patients where the suspected diagnosis of malignancy is made in the emergency department (ED) will be referred to the relevant tracked cancer pathway.

The Acute Oncology Nurse Practitioner will aim to review the patient on the same working day or by the morning of the next working day (weekdays (including bank holidays), the service is not in operation during the weekend). 

Additional information for GPs and hospital staff:

  • All tumour sites generate Reoccurring Admission Patient Alerts (RAPA) e-mails, including sarcoma and CUP which will notify the appropriate team that the patient has been admitted 
  • The Christie Hotline alert the Acute Oncology team when a patient rings their ‘hotline’ and is advised to attend the Emergency Department (ED)
  • Direct referral via EPR system
  • Email referrals -
  • Telephone referrals – 0161 206 2312 , 0161 206 0859, 0161 206 2313
  • Bleep: #5314
  • CUP MDT referral proforma – Can be found on the Intranet or you can contact the team or the MDT coordinator who will send you the proforma


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